February 4, 2023

They are saying spending an excessive amount of time in entrance of the display screen can drive you mad, however a uncommon few are literally loopy sufficient to, say, wire cash from their employer’s checking account into their very own private funds. Properly, that’s precisely what a Washington man named Ermenildo Valdez Castro did, in a scheme apparently impressed by the 1999 comedy Workplace Area.

For the uninitiated: Earlier than there was The Workplace, there was Mike Decide’s Workplace Area, by which Ron Livingston, Ajay Naidu, and David Herman play a trio of disgruntled office buddies. They try to assuage their boredom by rigging their tech firm’s accounting system with a virus that funnels cash into every of their financial institution accounts penny by penny — an concept they additionally pulled from a movie, Superman III.

We received’t spoil the ending of Workplace Area for you, however in actual life, Castro received caught with a laundry record of economic offenses on the expense of his employer Zulily (by way of Seattle Occasions): Over the course of 11 months, the malware he created diverted transport charges from over 30,000 transactions into a private account, and tweaked the worth of Zulily merchandise so Castro might purchase $41,000 value of stuff for less than $250.

In whole, Castro — who, in case it wasn’t apparent, is now fired — is accused of stealing greater than $300,000 from Zulily, the greenback quantity that just about received the Workplace Area crew busted. And as if his supply materials wasn’t already evident, Castro later confirmed to police “that he named his scheme to steal from Zulily after the film.” His arraignment is scheduled for January twenty sixth which, thank goodness, isn’t a Monday. But it surely might nonetheless be the worst day of his life.

So, should you might revisit the Workplace Area installment of Consequence‘s Fan Idea sequence, that’d be greeeeaaaat.

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